Today I want to share my skincare routine with you! I never had perfect skin but I must admit that my skin is probably at its best condition right now compared to years before. I always needed some kind of coverage but nowadays, I am comfortable going out bare face. Skincare is very important because it is the canvas of your face and affect greatly how you look, with or without makeup. Especially for the ladies entering early 20s, this is the time you should really start investing and focusing on your skincare.
Just a little background of my skin condition: Back in middle-high school, I suffered from acne and pores. Not severe, but enough to keep me insecure. I was an active enthusiast for popping acne and black/white heads lol. Please don't do that!! I also lived in Hong Kong so I occasionally had oily T-zone due to the hot and humid weather/pollution.
After moving to Canada, I no longer get oily skin because of the dry weather (and thankfully the weather doesn't dry out my skin). But I still get acne, especially before that time of the month or when I'm super stressed. After a while, I started taking BCP and lost most of the acne! A reason why many girls get acne before that time of the month is due to hormonal changes, which can cause acne. In addition, stress and mood swings also affect our hormones that can cause breakouts. By controlling the hormones with BCP, you can reduce acne-prone skin and also control the mood swings. Less stress is better for your skin! Here's a fun fact: Out of the top 10 drugs prescribed for clinical depression, 5 of them are BCP and the other 5 are anti-depressants (cite: my KIN class). For those of you that are interested, I'm taking Marvelon 21 (same patent version: Mirvala). It is important to find the right BCP because the first one I took (Alysena) actually gave me deep, cystic acne on my cheeks every week!
Other than that, I think the right skincare routine is really the main contributor. It is important to not be lazy with skincare routine!! It may seem long and tedious but please don't slack on it. I try to follow the entire routine 1-2 times a day. Every bit counts!
My primary concern is acne scars. I also tend to target pores, acne control, uneven skintone, hyper-pigmentation and correction.
|Garnier Fresh Eye Makeup Remover|
|Lancome Blanc Expert Purifying Foam|
Olay Fresh Effects Acne Control Scrub w Mandarin & Green Tea
St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub
Personal tip: I use clean tissue paper to lightly dry my face (and so the paper don't fall apart). They are one-time use and cleaner than a towel for example. You really want to keep it clean so the skincare products can work into the skin. I like to keep the face slightly damp so you have time to get the toner before drying out the skin.
|Lancome Blanc Expert Ultimate Whitening Replumping Beauty Lotion|
|Lancome Visionnaire [LR 2412 4%] Advanced Skin Corrector|
Another layer of serum I like to use is this acne-buffering serum for acne-related areas when needed. It is thick but doesn't take long to absorb. It prevents and treats existing acne and also targets acne swelling, redness and fade scars. I've used regular acne cream before but it dries out my skin and turns flaky. This serum works way better, I won't go back to cream.
|Lancome Blanc Expert Melanolyser (I and III) Spot Eraser|
Lancome Blanc Expert Advanced Whitening Sport Corrector
In addition, I like to put spot brightening serum on my cheeks to fade acne scars and brighten up my face in general. I think sample sizes are good enough because I don't put a lot but concentrating on spots. As you can see, I haven't finish my samples before the next versions came out lol
|Advanced Genifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream|
Genifique Yeux Light-Pearl Eye-Illuminating Youth Activator
|Lancome Visionnaire [LR 2412] Correcting Polishing Cream + Polishing Pad|
|Lancome Pore Expert 3D Collagen Cx|
Personal tip: Phew what a list! But always remember to let the first layer absorb before continuing to apply more products! Especially with spot application, you don't want the product to rub off to somewhere else when applying the next layer. I like to apply eye cream in between serums and also fan dry with my hands. And always apply from thinnest (ie. toner) to thickest (ie. cream) so everything can be absorbed.
This was a long post but I hope you found it useful! Of course nutritious diet, drinking water and getting enough sleep can also improve your skin. But some of you requested my skincare routine so I'm happy to finally share with you! I know these products are quite expensive but they really last a long time and actually works for me. I would really recommend the Lancome cleansing foam and Lancome Visionnaire serum as the best, along with the complimentary Blanc Expert Toner and Visionnaire Cream. A little goes a long way!
Also a last reminder! My eyelash giveaway ends in a week so if you haven't seen it, go check it out!
If you have anymore questions or tips to share, leave a comment below!
Thanks for reading!